Man Thinks He's In Silent Hill, Causes Hospital Blackout
Silent Hill is arguably the creepiest, freakiest video game franchise out there, just in terms of sheer atmospheric tension and enough mystical fear to make your skin crawl. So yeah, bad dreams may be inevitable.
But when you're not 100% healthy, an experience like that can have a debilitating effect. According to GameGrep, a 35-year-old man caused a blackout at the Sophia Hospital in the Netherlands because he believed he was actually in Silent Hill. Nobody got hurt and thankfully, "Jan H." didn't take the next step and start taking weapons to patients he believed might be demonic mannequins, but elevators did get stuck and employees were forced to manually respirate patients in the intensive care unit. It took 45 minutes to restore power but like we said, there were no reported injuries. In court last week, the man said he suffered a psychological break of some kind that told him if he shut the hospital's power down, he could get a toothbrush that would let him solve a Silent Hill puzzle. As a result, Jan H. was found not guilty; the ruling said he "had no idea of the true consequences of his deed" and will now have the benefit of psychiatric treatment. Perhaps it was the hospital environment that triggered the psychosis; those of you who are familiar with the franchise will know what I mean...
Well, having my degree in Psychology, I'd say none of this is impossible and the ruling is fair but you watch...the anti-game activists will find some way to protest against Konami. Just wait. You'll see.
10/29/2009 10:41:42 AM Ben Dutka